University of Northern Iowa, 2012
Leasure, Youth, and Human Services: Outdoor Recreation and Nonprofit Youth Administration
Valerie grew up in Illinois where her love for the outdoors started at a young age. Growing up at environmental summer camps she developed an interest in many areas of outdoor recreation. This interest led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in outdoor recreation at the University of Northern Iowa where she began working for UNI Outdoors as a Trip Leader and Climbing Wall staff. Having worked seasonally in the Appalachian region, Valerie fell in love with the area and decided to pursue her graduate degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Valerie currently manages the Outing Center, Challenge Course, and Blue Ridge Parkway Corp. Prior to attending ASU Valerie worked for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley as the Aquatics, Youth and Family Programs Director (IL) and YMCA Camp Hough as the Camp Director (NY). Her wide variety of interest have led her to be a “jack of all trades but master of none” and she holds a variety of certifications including her Wilderness First Responder.